(Photo by David Jenkins, Staff)
JEFFERSON CITY -- For the first time in school history, the Sikeston Bulldogs brought home a state relay championship.
The team of Steven Baker, Kyland Gross, Spenser Clark and Nick Nichols won the 4x200 meter relay event Saturday during the Class 3 State Championship Meet at Dwight T. Reed Stadium in Jefferson City on the campus of Lincoln University.
Sikeston's speed relay team beat out Gateway by .44 of a second to capture their state title. The Bulldogs came in the event as the top seed after a time of 1:28.87 during the preliminary round.
That same team nearly pulled out a second state championship finish in the 4x100 relay.
Baker, Gross, Clark and Nichols won second with a time of 43.35 in the finals.
Grandview took first with a 42.47.
Gross also finished 11th in the long jump competition with a leap of 19-10 3/4.
After the two day meet, as a team, Sikeston finished 13th with a total of 18 points.
On the girls side, defending state championship Betsy Borgsmiller finished fourth in the high jump.
Borgsmiller jumped 5-5 in the finals Saturday failing to reclaim the state title. However, Borgsmiller is one of the first Sikeston girl athletes to be a four-time all-stater.
Sikeston's Allisha Oglesby narrowly missed out on all-state honors in the triple jump with a 34-7 1/2 giving her ninth place.
New Madrid County Central's Rashaunda Summers ended up fourth in the shot put with a throw of 40-2 3/4. With the fourth place finish, the sophomore also earned all-state honors.
800m relay -- 1. Sikeston (Steven Baker, Kyland Gross, Spenser Clark, Nick Nichols), 1:28.95
400m relay -- 2. Sikeston (Steven Baker, Kyland Gross, Spenser Clark, Nick Nichols), 43.35
Long jump -- 11. Kyland Gross, 19-10 3/4
Team -- 13. Sikeston 18
High jump -- 4. Betsy Borgsmiller, 5-5
Triple jump -- 9. Allisha Oglesby, 34-7 1/2
Shot put -- 4. Rashaunda Summers (NM), 40-2 3/4
Team -- 23. Sikeston 10, 39. NMCC 5